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                   -=-         Final Fantasy IX          -=-
                   -=-         Tetra Master FAQ          -=-
                   -=-           Version 0.95            -=-
                   -=-           By: Trifthen            -=-
                   -=-        trifthen@hotmail.com       -=-
                   -=-     http://www.kildosphere.com    -=-
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      (c.) 2000-2001 Shaun M. Thomas, All Rights Reserved.
      This FAQ is protected by Copyright Law.  All text copied from this
      FAQ can only be done with the consent of Shaun Thomas.  An updated
      version of this FAQ can be obtained at gamefaqs.com or my personal
      website.
    
    -=-=-=-=-=-
    -=- Intro:
    -=-=-=-=-=-
    
    Most people I've talked to seem to think Tetra Master is incomprehensible.
    annoying, and fruitless.  Well... it is, but that doesn't mean there isn't
    some rhyme to the horrible chaos that is Tetra Master.  The fact is, it
    does have rhyme and reason, just a bit too random.  Fortunately, all of
    this can be overcome, and eventually you'll reach the top collector level.
    
    Special Note: No.  There wasn't, isn't, and never will be any kind of
    tangible reward for playing Tetra Master.  You don't win items, gold,
    hidden FMV's, or even fame by reaching the top collector level.  The
    reward for putting in the hard hours required is absolutely zip, zilch,
    nada, nothing, nil, zero, the big goose egg, total and complete
    vacuum - a veritable oblivion.  The game seems solely to exist for
    bragging rights, as it has no other function in FF9 other than making
    you waste time.
    
    For those of you living in Germany, a company known as Dino contacted me
    to write the rules for a tabletop version of Tetra Master.  The game has
    gone into production, and should be available in stores.  I suggest
    picking it up, it's a good adaptation.  I have been informed that the game
    will most likely not reach US shores, so I suggest berating Squaresoft
    until they relent!  If we can get enough demand, you may be able to play
    Tetra Master without a copy of FFIX!  Send emails, send faxes, send snail-
    mail, call your congressman!  Whatever you do, tell Square you want this
    game!
    
    And now, back to your regularly scheduled FAQ.
    
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-
    -=- Contents:
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    I.   History
    II.  Rules
         A.  Requirements
         B.  Getting Cards
         C.  Getting Ready
         D.  The Game
         E.  Card Numbers
         F.  Card Stats
         G.  Arrows
         H.  Battles
         I.  Combos
         J.  Winning
         K.  The Point System
         L.  Collector Levels
    III. Card Types
         A.  Card Power
         B.  Card Defense
         C.  Physical Cards
         D.  Magic Cards
         E.  Power Cards
         F.  Advanced Cards
    IV.  Strategies
         A.  Blocks
         B.  Picking Cards
         C.  Combos
         D.  General Tips
    V.   Card List
    VI.  Credits
    VII. Contact
    
    
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    -=- I. History
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    Version 0.95 : June 19, 2001
      -- Added MaxStats for all cards.  Big thanks to RandREdwards!  If you have
         updates to this list, please tell me.
    Version 0.90 : June 11, 2001
      -- Lots of little fixes.  Redid the formulas for estimating approximate
         chances of winning, plugged the new game in Germany, added information
         I got from Squaresoft.
    Version 0.81 : January 22, 2001
      -- Apparently, I can't add.  256 arrow combinations, not 258.  Also
         corrected a typo.
    Version 0.80 : January 10, 2001
      -- Small changes to card list, added some more rankings, revised the
         intro, various cosmetic changes.
    Version 0.76 : December 13, 2000
      -- Finished the card list, now just need the M/P stats on a few of them.
    Version 0.74 : December 6, 2000
      -- Lots of little changes, filled out the ranking chart.  Added "Combo"
         section.
    Version 0.70 : December 5, 2000
      -- Added more cards, revised a lot of the section III text, added a
         section on card stats, and revised some tables.
    Version 0.50 : December 4, 2000
      -- Added more cards, new rank levels, and fleshed out the physical
         card section.
    Version 0.28 : November 29, 2000
      -- Added about 1/4 of all cards to card list.  Revised point tallies for
         extra cards.
    Version 0.15 : November 27, 2000
      -- Second FAQ.  Added "Getting Cards", "Advanced Cards",
         "The Point System".  Revised text on "Power Cards".  Corrected errors
         in "Collector Levels".
    Version 0.1  : November 24, 2000
      -- First FAQ, contains layout, rules, card types, strategies and
         credits.  A card list is the works.
    
    
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    -=- II. Rules
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    A. Requirements:
    ----------------
    
      -- 2 players
      -- 5 cards for each player
    
    
    B. Getting Cards:
    -----------------
    
      In order to get those five (or more) cards you'll need to play the game,
      you'll need cards.  There are a few ways to get them:
    
      1.)  Find them hidden in the towns/dungeons.
      2.)  Get characters to give them to you.
      3.)  Win them in card battles.
      4.)  Get them at the end of a random encounter.
      5.)  Buy Them
    
      As a note, the arrows and stats of these cards is not determined until
      you actually own it.  So for cards you find in towns and dungeons, or
      obtain from other characters, you can reset the game until the card
      has the stats you desire.  This works on all cards, even rare ones - 
      so this can help you in getting that top collector level.
    
    C. Getting Ready:
    -----------------
    
      Walk up to a character, and press [] (square) to initiate a card game.
      Not everyone plays, but quite a few do.  Once the card game has been
      initiated, pick five cards and confirm them as you final pick.  Once
      you've done this, the game begins.
    
    
    D. The Game:
    ------------
    
      The game grid looks like this:
    
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                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #-------------------------#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
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                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #-------------------------#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #-------------------------#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #-------------------------#
                       ###########################
    
      This game grid may have anywhere from 0-6 random spaces blocked off
      at the beginning of the game, restricting where cards can be placed.
      A coin is tossed to determine who starts the game.  Whoever starts
      must place a card in one of the grid spaces, and the flow of the
      game turns to the second player.
    
    
    E. Card Numbers:
    ----------------
    
      Cards, being collectible, are given numbers.  There are 100 cards in
      the game, and you can only have 100 with you at any one time.  So,
      if you really wanted to be a master player, you can only have one of
      each card.  That is no easy task.
    
      As a note, I don't quite understand why you can only hold 100 cards.
      That's roughly the size of two decks of playing cards, and many people
      who play Collectible Card Games often carry around 6 favorite playing
      decks.  The card limit is more than a little arbitrary.
    
    
    F. Card Stats:
    --------------
    
      Cards will have a few stats below the picture.  Here's what they mean:
    
      PTDM
      ----
      P : the power of the card in hexadecimal.
      T : the card type, P, M, X, or A.
      D : the card's physical defense in hexadecimal.
      M : the card's magical defense in hexadecimal.
    
      Example: 1P40
    
      What is hexadecimal, you ask?  Hexadecimal is the numbers represented
      from 0-15 by letters and numbers.  So 0 is 0, and 15 is F.  This means
      the strongest card in the game would be FAFF, since A is the strongest
      card type.
    
      Here's the confusing part.  While the card's stats are represented in
      hex, those stats represent another number entirely.  Here's a chart.
    
       Hex | Stat  | Min | Max
      -------------------------
       0F  |   0   | 000 | 015
       1F  |   1   | 016 | 031
       2F  |   2   | 032 | 047
       3F  |   3   | 048 | 063
       4F  |   4   | 064 | 079
       5F  |   5   | 080 | 095
       6F  |   6   | 096 | 111
       7F  |   7   | 112 | 127
       8F  |   8   | 128 | 143
       9F  |   9   | 144 | 159
       AF  |   A   | 160 | 175
       BF  |   B   | 176 | 191
       CF  |   C   | 192 | 207
       DF  |   D   | 208 | 223
       EF  |   E   | 224 | 239
       FF  |   F   | 240 | 255
    
      Why the "Hex" column?  Notice how the first number in the hex
      column matches the number in the stat column?  That's how hexadecimal
      works.  For a two digit hex number, you take the first number,
      multiply by 16 and add the value of the second number.  So 6F is
      6*16+15 = 111.  The minimum value would be 60 or 6*16+0=96.
    
      Card types are discussed later in the FAQ.
    
    
    G. Arrows:
    ----------
    
      Each card will usually have a set of arrows in any of 8 directions.
      A sample card with all directions lies below:
    
                        _______
                        |\ | /|
                        |-   -|
                        |/ | \|
                        -------
    
      Here are a few cases where the arrows will not do anything:
    
        1.)  The first card played obviously can not affect other cards.
        2.)  A card is played next to another card, but has no arrows
             pointing to the opposing card.
        3.)  A card is already on the board with an arrow pointing to
             a square.  A new card is placed in that square, but the
             new card doesn't have an arrow pointing to the first card.
    
      Basically, this means that nothing will happen unless the card that
      is played has an arrow pointing to another card.
    
                       card 1 | card 2
                        _____________
                        |\ | /|    /|
                        |-   -|    -|
                        |/ | \|    \|
                        -------------
    
      Card two was placed second, so nothing happened.  The fifth
      possibility is that the card placed in the grad has an arrow
      pointing to the adjacent card.
    
                       card 1 | card 2
                        _____________
                        |\ |  |    /|
                        |-    |-   -|
                        |/ |  |    \|
                        -------------
    
      The player that placed card two now owns card one.  These ownerships
      can change through the game, and whoever ends up owning the most
      cards at the end of the game wins.  Cards may have *no* arrows, and
      these are discussed in the "combos" section.
    
    
    H. Battles:
    -----------
    
      There is one final possibility remaining.  If a card is placed next
      to another card, and they both have arrows pointing at each other,
      a battle ensues.  
    
                       card 1 | card 2
                        _____________
                        |\    |     |
                        |    -|-   -|
                        |/    |  | \|
                        -------------
    
      The above placement would result in a card battle.  Each battle has
      three phases where different numbers are displayed.
    
      Phase 1:
        * Each card has a power as discussed previously.  This value falls
          between the min and max listed in the table.  Each card also has
          a defense fitting the the above chart.
    
                     A            B
          Example : 4P22 attacks 1M01
    
          The first number that appears on card A is its attack power, say
          70 (4 = between 64 and 79).  Card A is a physical card, and card
          B has 0 physical defense, so the first number to appear on card
          B is its defense, say 7 (0 = between 0 and 16).
    
      Phase 2:
        # Next, the computer rolls a number between 0 and the number shown
          in phase 1.  This will be the *actual* attack or defense.  Let's
          say it rolls a 66 for card A, and 1 for card B.
    
      Phase 3:
        # The number rolled in phase 2 is subtracted from the number in
          phase 1.  This guarantees that the number will be positive, and
          the highest number wins.  So:
    
          Card A: 70 - 66 : 4
          Card B: 7  - 1  : 6
    
      There are a few things this should tell you :
    
      1.)  Higher rolls are BAD.  You want low rolls so less is subtracted
           from the total number.
      2.)  A weak card can defeat a strong card if the roll is in its favor,
           look at how the 1M01 defended itself against a 4P22.
    
      If you want to know how likely a card is to win a battle, here's the
      basic formula:
    
                     1 + Power of Weak
       100 * (1 -  ----------------------)
                   2*(1+ Power of Strong)
    
      So in our example, you have:
    
                     1 + 7             142 - 8         136
       100 * ( 1 - --------- ) = 100 * ---  --- = 100 * --- = 94.4%
                   2(1 + 70)           142 142         142
    
      So in our example, card A will win the battle 94% of the time.  But
      in the example of the battle, it lost because of a bad roll; that's
      the 6% it loses.
    
      But, since you may not know attack/defense values right away, you
      can get a basic idea.  Using our example again, take the maximum
      attack card A could have (79) and the lowest defense card B can have
      (0) and use our equation.  The result is 99.4%.  Now, take the minimum
      attack card A can have (64) and the maximum defense card B can have
      (15) and use our equation.  The result is 87.7%.
    
      So, in our example, if you don't know the values of the cards fighting
      it out, card A will have a 88-100% chance of beating card B if it
      is attacking.
    
      If you played card A, good job.  You would have won the card battle,
      but you had a 6% chance of losing, and lost.  Your opponent now
      controls both cards.  If you had won, you'd control both cards.
    
    
    I. Combos:
    ----------
    
      Sometimes a card that loses a battle may also point to other cards.
      This is a very dangerous situation, and can lead to those cards
      being lost as well.  For instance, let's assume player 1 owns
      cards one and two, player two puts down card three.
    
                            1 |  2  |  3
                        ___________________
                        |\    |     |     |
                        |    -|-   -|-    |
                        |/    |  | \|     |
                        -------------------
    
      We'll assume card three is really powerful, and wipes out card two.
      Player 2 now owns all three cards, because the losing card had an
      arrow pointing to card one.  Avoid this at all costs!  A properly
      placed combo can flip up to eight other cards on a full board.
      Normally cards with a lot of arrows are good due to their great
      defense abilities, but the potential for combos is dire.  We'll talk
      about how to fix this problem later.
    
      Some of you may have encountered cards with no arrows on them, and
      rightly wonder what they're good for.  They're good for one and only
      one thing so far as I have seen and heard: sheer numbers.  These cards
      have no combo power, are completely defenseless, and are very rare.
      But keep in mind that if played last, you have no fear of setting off
      combos where you may lose cards.  They're a completely safe play if
      all you need to do is win one more card to win the card game.  They
      also make wonderful combo fodder.
    
    
    J. Winning:
    -----------
    
      Whoever controls the most cards when all cards are on the board wins
      the game.  After winning, the winner gets to pick a card from the
      loser's deck, but only a card that was flipped during the course of
      the game.  If all of the cards are flipped to one player or another,
      the game is called "perfect", and they get to keep all of their
      opponent's cards.  Good if you win, *really* bad if you lose.
    
    
    K. The Point System:
    --------------------
    
      As you play through the game, you'll win points.  How these points are
      awarded, however seems to be a bit of a complexity.  Points are awarded
      not by your win/loss ratio as it would seem, but on the cards you own
      and how their arrows are arranged.  Here's a quick explanation.
    
        - One Unique Card                : 15 points
        - Unique card, non-unique arrows : 10 points
        - Extra cards                    : 5 points per card
        - Extra cards, non-unique arrows : 0 points per card
        - X card                         : 1 bonus point
        - A card                         : 2 bonus points
    
      So, if you have one "A" card, and it has no arrows the same as any other
      card, you'll have 17 points for that card.  Logic would dictate that
      in order to reach the top collector level, you'd need all 100 of your 
      cards to fit this criteria for a maximum of 1700 points.  Ouch.
    
      So far as arrow configurations are concerned, there are more than a
      hundred, here's how they're broken down:
    
          Arrows    |   combinations
        -----------------------------
            0       |         1
            1       |         8
            2       |        28
            3       |        56
            4       |        70
            5       |        56
            6       |        28
            7       |         8
            8       |         1
        -----------------------------
          Total     |       256
    
      So, you have a total of 256 total arrow combinations, and you only
      need 100.  Also keep in mind that 163 of those have 4 arrows or more,
      so you don't need to feel defenseless.
    
      That still doesn't detract from the fact you'll have to have 100 "A"
      level cards, each with a different arrow configuration to reach the
      top collector level, but everything is worth effort, right?
    
    
    L. Collector Levels:
    --------------------
    
      The game keeps track of all wins, losses, and draws, but they don't
      mean anything to your collector level.  Your collector level is
      determined by the total value of all of your cards as explained above.
      This may seem unfair, but it's how things work.  Collector level is
      awarded by point values, as shows in this table:
    
          Points     |   Level      |       Points     |   Level
      ---------------------------  -=-  ---------------------------
      0    - 299     :  Beginner   -=-  1350 - 1359    :  Champion
      300  - 399     :  Novice     -=-  1360 - 1369    :  Analyst
      400  - 499     :  Player     -=-  1370 - 1379    :  General
      500  - 599     :  Senior     -=-  1380 - 1389    :  Expert
      600  - 699     :  Fan        -=-  1390 - 1399    :  Shark
      700  - 799     :  Leader     -=-  1400 - 1449    :  Specialist
      800  - 899     :  Coach      -=-  1450 - 1474    :  Elder
      900  - 999     :  Advisor    -=-  1475 - 1499    :  Dominator
      1000 - 1099    :  Director   -=-  1500 - 1549    :  Maestro
      1100 - 1199    :  Dealer     -=-  1550 - 1599    :  King
      1200 - 1249    :  Trader     -=-  1600 - 1649    :  Wizard
      1250 - 1299    :  Commander  -=-  1650 - 1679    :  Authority
      1300 - 1319    :  Doctor     -=-  1680 - 1689    :  Emperor
      1320 - 1329    :  Professor  -=-  1690 - 1697    :  Pro
      1330 - 1339    :  Veteran    -=-  1698 -         :  Master
      1340 - 1349    :  Freak      -=-
      ---------------------------  -=-  ---------------------------
    
      What, not 1700?  I'd like to take this time to quote a poor soul
      who wasted many hours playing this game.
    
      "So what happens at 1700, you ask?  Well, under your collector
       pts. where Master was written it now says, superimposed over
       everything, 'Would you like to discard?'.  So, after a hundred
       hours of playing this game I am rewarded with a F***ING
       GLITCH!!!"
                                                        -- ik141
    
      We feel for you, man, we really do.  All I can say, is may Squaresoft
      learn a lesson from this!  I bet they didn't think anyone was crazy
      enough to actually reach the maximum number of points possible.
      That'll teach 'em.
    
    
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    -=- III.  Card Types
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    
    
    A. Card Power:
    --------------
    
      Each card will have a set stats, arranged to look like: 0P00.
      The first number is the card's attack power in hexadecimal.  Refer
      to "Battles" for how this works.
    
      Cards that defeat other cards in many battles, or flip many cards
      eventually get stronger.  So a 0P00 that is used often will make
      it to a 1P00.  These values have maximums however, and I'm still
      determining the maximums for each card.  I'd appreciate help on
      this one.
    
    
    B. Card Defense:
    ----------------
    
      Cards have two types of defense, physical and magical.  Like power,
      defense is listed in hexadecimal.  If a card is classified as 
      0P12, 1 is the physical defense, and 2 is the magical defense.
    
      Like Power, defense can increase if a card defends attack often
      enough.  So a 0P00 can become a 0P01 or a 0P10 depending on whether
      it defended many physical or magical attacks.
    
    
    C. Physical Cards:
    ------------------
    
      You probably noticed that I've been listing my examples as 0P00 or
      some variation.  What I was actually assuming is that the cards in
      my examples are physical cards.  Hence they do physical damage
      in their attacks.  A card with "P" in the middle of its stats is a 
      physical card.
    
      Like mentioned above, physical abilities are not based on the number
      in the attack power alone.  A 1P00 card can still lose to a 0P00 card
      if the 0P00 card gets a better roll.  Generally, cards with higher
      card numbers are stronger, but you can't count on that.
    
      Confused yet?
    
    
    D. Magic Cards:
    ---------------
    
      Cards with an "M" in their stats are magic cards.  They deal their
      damage through some kind of magic.  Unfortunately, most magic cards
      will be horribly slaughtered by a physical card.  Hence it's essential
      to have a good balance of each in those chosen for the game.  On the
      other hand, a strong magic card will liquefy a physical card with low
      magic resistance.  Beware!
    
    
    E. Power Cards:
    ---------------
    
      Next are power cards.  These can exist in any of the card numbers, and
      are denoted by an "X" in the card stats.  Most often, you'll have
      a monster you have many multiples of, and maybe only one of them is
      a power card.  These can be obtained in a couple of ways:
    
      1.)  Win them.
      2.)  Use a normal card until it turns into one.
    
      Power cards seem excessive at first.  They appear to have higher stats
      compared to the other cards you may have in your inventory.  But how
      do they work?
    
      Defending card     |   Actual Defense
      -------------------------------------
        0P10             |        0
        1M91             |        1
        9M19             |        1
    
      See a pattern here?  If you play a power card, the lowest of the
      defender's defense powers will determine the type of attack your card
      uses.  Strong physical defense?  Use a magical attack.  Strong magical
      defense?  Use a physical attack.
    
      As you can imagine, taking a power card can be difficult.  But there
      are a few ways to do so.
    
      1.)  Take the card on an unprotected corner.
      2.)  Use a powerful card that will overwhelm power card defenses.
      3.)  Use a card with high defense stats.
    
      Three may not make much sense, but it works.  Remember, power cards
      only gain an upper hand when defense values of the other card are low.
      A card with 0P9A stats would most likely demolish a power card that
      was 2X32.
    
      At least at the beginning of the game, disks one and two perhaps, save
      them for the last card you play if at all possible.  They can swiftly
      turn the tide of battle, and work wonders when used in combos.
    
      The more you use your cards, the better.  Any normal card has a 1.56%
      chance of upgrading to an "X" card. This occours whether or not the
      card lost any card battles; the usage is the important part.
    
    
    E. Advanced Cards:
    ------------------
    
      There is one more type of card that has a huge advantage over all other
      cards.  This is one step above X cards, and instead identifies itself
      with an A.  1A12 for example.  You can get them a couple of ways.
    
      1.)  Win them.
      2.)  Use an X card until it turns into one.
    
      So what are these wondrous cards, and how do they work?  Like X cards,
      they take the lowest of the defense values, but to add a little spice
      to the mix, they also throw in the attack power.  For example:
    
      Defending card     |   Actual Defense
      -------------------------------------
        0P12             |        0
        9M09             |        0
        3P9A             |        3
    
      Yes, that's right.  The lowest number in all of the stats is used
      as the card's defense.  I don't think I have to tell you how horrible
      this can be.  But wait, this isn't all!  Take a look at the following:
    
      Attacking "A" card |   Actual Attack
      -------------------------------------
        0P12             |        2
        9M09             |        9
        3P9A             |        A
    
      Yes, you see right.  Not only does the defending card have a very
      low defense, but the "A" card uses the highest number on the card
      as the attack.  Now an "A" level Genji card doesn't look so useless
      as it did before, does it?
    
      These are more rare than power cards since they are upgraded from
      power cards.  Taking these cards can really only be done one of two
      ways.
    
      1.)  Take the card on an unprotected corner.
      2.)  Use a card with higher stats in all aspects.
    
      If you want to take a 2A33, you'll need at least a 3P33 for equal
      footing, probably higher to be on the safe side.  If the computer
      plays one of these cards, take it!  Do what ever you can to make
      that card yours.  If you don't get it the first time, rematch until
      you do.  These cards will most definitely complete your arsenal.
    
      You may upgrade "X" cards to "A" cards as they are used. The percentage
      of this occurring is lower, about 0.56%.  This means you must use your
      "X" cards twice as much to get them to upgrade to "A" cards.
    
    
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    -=- IV.  Strategies
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    
      Winning Tetra Master is usually easy at the beginning of the game,
      but as it goes on, you'll find yourself frequently outclassed by
      players with more powerful cards and more opportune arrow placement.
      Be careful!
    
    
    A. Blocks:
    ----------
    
      Remember that the game can start with anywhere from 0-6 squares
      blocked from play.  These sometimes create spots where one or
      two cards can be placed in complete immunity.  Use these first!
      The less cards you leave open to combos, the better.  Try to use
      your weakest cards in these spaces, or cards that have arrows 
      that wouldn't work well in the board layout.  These cards you
      would have lost have suddenly turned into cards you'll keep.
    
      Blocks can also be used as strongholds.  Sometimes there is only
      one way to attack cards behind certain blocks.  You can block combos
      and other nefarious attacks by putting a card here that has no
      arrows in the area that can be attacked.  If you stack two or three
      more cards behind this defender, you may lose the defender, but the
      other two are 100% safe.  For example.
    
                       #-------------------
                       #|#####|#####|#####|
                       #|#####|#####|#####|
                       #|#####|#####|#####|
                       #-------------------------
                       #|\   /|     |     |#####|
                       #|    -|-    |    -|#####|
                       #|     |  | \|  | \|#####|
                       #-------------------------
                       ###########################
    
      Though this doesn't happen often, there are similar opportunities
      of which you can take advantage.
    
    
    B. Picking Cards:
    -----------------
    
      Try to play four-corners as much as you can.  By that, I mean pick
      cars that have arrows in one of the following patterns.
    
                      -------  -------  -------  -------
                      |     |  |     |  |  | /|  |\ |  |
                      |    -|  |-    |  |    -|  |-    |
                      |  | \|  |/ |  |  |     |  |     |
                      -------  -------  -------  -------
    
      Why?  Because if the cards are strong enough, they'll hold the corner
      you put them in.  You don't want to place a card that'll be taken
      without a fight unless you're setting up combos.  These cards make
      great first moves.  I suggest at least two of these, in case a block
      ruins one of your corners.
    
      Next you'll want at least one card that can clear the board in your
      favor.  This is fairly simple, just pick a card with as many arrows
      and high stats as you can manage.  In most cases, this will be your
      last card, and will activate as many combos as possible.  Power cards
      work very will here.  You should only need one of these.
    
      Finally, you'll want two wall cards.  Any of these patterns are
      usable:
    
                      -------  -------  -------  -------
                      |     |  |\    |  |\ | /|  |    /|
                      |     |  |-    |  |     |  |    -|
                      |/ | \|  |/    |  |     |  |    \|
                      -------  -------  -------  -------
    
      These are mostly good at protecting other cards from combos.  They'll
      be the cards you play in the middle of the game to set up combos or
      protect cards you've just won from being taken away.
    
      Remember, you can add as many arrows as you wish to these examples,
      but I strongly advise against taking arrows away unless you have a
      good combo in mind.  Cards with less than three continuous arrows
      are almost defenseless unless protected by blocks, and you can't
      count on whether or not the computer will even use blocks.
    
      Cards that only protect one side are perfect for combos, and they
      can block access to other cards.  Use them in the right place, and
      the best the computer can do is take the card you used, leaving the
      rest under your control.
    
    
    C. Combos:
    ----------
    
      Sometimes the best way to win Tetra Master, and do so with a higher
      probability of a perfect, you must make good use of combos.  The basic
      strategy here, is to take a very weak card with all 8 arrows, and
      play that first in a very open location.  For example...
    
                       ###########################
                       #-------------------------#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #-------------------------#
                       #|     |\ | /|\ | /|     |#
                       #|     |-   -|-   -|     |#
                       #|     |/ | \|/ | \|     |#
                       #-------------------------#
                       #|     |\ | /|\ | /|     |#
                       #|     |-   -|-   -|     |#
                       #|     |/ | \|/ | \|     |#
                       #-------------------------#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #-------------------------#
                       ###########################
    
      Any of those four spaces in the middle will work just fine.  Let
      the computer take the card.  In fact, you might use a lot of weak
      cards, and let them lose battles as well, and just use one really
      strong power card to take them all back in one fell swoop.  Remember,
      the last card you play only has to be strong enough to defeat the
      8-arrow card.  The computer has more incentive to play around the
      8-arrow card if you own all or most of the cards around it, so defeat
      the 8-arrow card as many times as possible until you lay the last card.
    
      If there are no blocks in the way,  and you go second, you have the
      opportunity of sweeping the board with this strategy.
    
    
    D. General Tips:
    ----------------
    
      At all costs, avoid capturing cards in corners with a card containing
      a lot of arrows until the end of the game.  Take the following
      example, you just took all of your opponent's cards with the card
      marked with a *.  Four cards are suddenly yours, and the card that
      battled was very powerful, and not likely to cause a combo later.
      But your opponent had a power card (marked by an X) and even though
      it only had one arrow, it turned your card into instant puree.
    
                       ###########################
                       #-------------------------#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #|     |     |     |     |#
                       #-------------------------#
                       #|     |#####|     |#####|#
                       #|     |#####|  X  |#####|#
                       #|     |#####|  |  |#####|#
                       #-------------------------#
                       #|\    |#####|  |  |\    |#
                       #|    -|#####|- * -|-    |#
                       #|/    |#####|/ | \|  |  |#
                       #-------------------------#
                       #|  | /|\ |  |     |\ |  |#
                       #|    -|-    |-   -|-    |#
                       #|     |     |  |  |     |#
                       #-------------------------#
                       ###########################
    
      Would you look at that?  You've now lost five cards, and there is
      no way you can get them back.  Even if you flip the card the computer
      used to cause the combo, you'll still probably lose.  When not paying
      attention, I've lost up to six cards this way, with no way to get
      any of them back.  In a worst case scenario, up to eight cards can
      be lost in a combo, and with that many cards on the board, openings
      are slim, and those cards may be lost forever.
    
    
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    -=- V.  Card List
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    
      The type listed is the initial type the card has when first obtained.
      It may change to X or A later.  Aside from the type, I have listed the
      maximum stats as known at this time.  If you've gotten a higher stat,
      send a screenshot and I'll update the FAQ.
    
      Num | Card Name        | Type        Num | Card Name        | Type
      ------------------------------  -=-  ------------------------------
      1   | Goblin           | 0P00   -=-  51  | Abadon           | 7M62
      2   | Fang             | 0P00   -=-  52  | Behemoth         | BP46
      3   | Skeleton         | 0P00   -=-  53  | Iron Man         | CP60
      4   | Flan             | 0M01   -=-  54  | Nova Dragon      | EP7C
      5   | Zaghnol          | 0P00   -=-  55  | Ozma             | DM0C
      6   | Lizardman        | 1P00   -=-  56  | Hades            | FMC1
      7   | Zombie           | 1P10   -=-  57  | Holy             | 8M23
      8   | Bomb             | 1M01   -=-  58  | Meteor           | BMA0
      9   | Ironite          | 1P10   -=-  59  | Flare            | DM11
      10  | Sahagin          | 1P10   -=-  60  | Shiva            | 5M05
      11  | Yeti             | 1M01   -=-  61  | Ifrit            | 6M91
      12  | Mimic            | 1M11   -=-  62  | Ramuh            | 4M16
      13  | Wyerd            | 1M02   -=-  63  | Atomos           | 4M66
      14  | Mandragora       | 2M02   -=-  64  | Odin             | CM84
      15  | Crawler          | 2P20   -=-  65  | Leviathan        | BM61
      16  | S. Scorpion      | 2P21   -=-  66  | Bahamut          | CM95
      17  | Nymph            | 2M02   -=-  67  | Ark              | EM65
      18  | Sand Golom       | 2P21   -=-  68  | Fenrir           | 8M21
      19  | Zuu              | 2P02   -=-  69  | Madeen           | AM16
      20  | Dragonfly        | 2P21   -=-  70  | Alexander        | EMB5
      21  | Carrion Worm     | 2M11   -=-  71  | Excalibur 2      | FPB0
      22  | Cerberus         | 3P20   -=-  72  | Ultima Weapon    | FP16
      23  | Antlion          | 3P31   -=-  73  | Masamune         | CPB3
      24  | Cactuar          | 3PC0   -=-  74  | Elixer           | 6M66
      25  | Gimme Cat        | 3M21   -=-  75  | Dark Matter      | CM3C
      26  | Ragtimer         | 3M21   -=-  76  | Ribbon           | 0MCF
      27  | Hedgehog Pie     | 3M12   -=-  77  | Tiger Paw Racket | 0P01
      28  | Raluimahgo       | 3P40   -=-  78  | Save The Queen   | 7P30
      29  | Ocho             | 3P21   -=-  79  | Genji            | 0P6A
      30  | Troll            | 4P32   -=-  80  | Mythril Sword    | 2P00
      31  | Blazer Beetle    | 4P51   -=-  81  | Blue Narciss     | 8P91
      32  | Abomination      | 4P33   -=-  82  | Hilde Garde 3    | 6P31
      33  | Zemzelett        | 4M26   -=-  83  | Invincible       | BP9C
      34  | Stroper          | 4P40   -=-  84  | Cargo Ship       | 2P60
      35  | Tantarian        | 4M22   -=-  85  | Hilda Garde 1    | 6P40
      36  | Grand Dragon     | 4P44   -=-  86  | Red Rose         | 8P19
      37  | Feather Circle   | 4M22   -=-  87  | Theater Ship     | 2P61
      38  | Hecteyes         | 5M04   -=-  88  | Viltgance        | EP92
      39  | Ogre             | 5P41   -=-  89  | Chocobo          | 0P00
      40  | Armstrong        | 5M24   -=-  90  | Fat Chocobo      | 1P11
      41  | Ash              | 5M33   -=-  91  | Mog              | 0M00
      42  | Wraith           | 5M51   -=-  92  | Frog             | 0P00
      43  | Gargoyle         | 5M32   -=-  93  | Oglop            | 2P20
      44  | Vepal            | 5M33   -=-  94  | Alexandria       | 0PB6
      45  | Grimlock         | 5M23   -=-  95  | Lindblum         | 0P6B
      46  | Tonberry         | 2P33   -=-  96  | Twin Moons       | 7M55
      47  | Veteran          | 5M19   -=-  97  | Gargant          | 2P03
      48  | Garuda           | 6M41   -=-  98  | Namingway        | 7M77
      49  | Malboro          | 5M36   -=-  99  | Boko THE Chocobo | 8P77
      50  | Mover            | 6MF0   -=-  100 | Airship          | 8P77
      ------------------------------  -=-  ----------------------------
    
      Each card is awarded 0.005 points total in this FAQ, so take number of
      cards, multiply by 0.005 and round up, and that's how much of the FAQ
      version is based on the card listing.
    
    
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    -=- VI.  Credits
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    
      -- I'd like to thank Drew Cosner of thegia.com for this anecdote:
    
         "Anyway, here it is: how the hell are you supposed to play
          Tetra Masters in FFIX? As far as I can tell, you place your
          cards on the board at random and your opponent randomly
          puts his cards down causing random cards to flip over at
          random, leading to the random card battle which is apparently
          won completely at random. In the end, one of you wins.
          At random."
                                              -- Drew Cosner.
    
      -- Big thanks to Ferdinand Pelayo for setting me straight on the point
         system and pointing out I needed a section on obtaining cards.
    
      -- A big hand to Templeton for telling me about "A" cards, and the
         note about beating "X" cards.
    
      -- Thanks to the entire Internet for telling me that cards can upgrade
         into "X" or "A" cards.  A big thank to almost everyone here, and
         xxxFTWxxx for cluing me in to the combo trick.
    
      -- Thanks to Kyvnn, DarkLordRyu, wind-x, libra22ox, fyrecrypts,
         MultiMozerg, XpacBreakinItDwn, graham.odom, IMortal^ASasin, ~Xeros89,
         and patb9 for helping me make that card list a little more complete.
      
      -- Thanks to sephiroth635 for the expanded ranking chart.
    
      -- Many, Many kudos go to Mr. Truong for multiple little tidbits.
    
      -- A round of applause to ik141 for setting me straight on the card
         stats, the really big ranking expansion, and the horrible discovery
         about the "A" cards.
    
      -- Many thanks  to Andrew T. Weir.  He corrected me on the math formula,
         which is sad.  But statistics were never my strong suit. ^_^
    
      -- And of course, a big thanks to Squaresoft who made this game annoying
         and horribly pointless, and for giving me insider information.
         
      -- Send a gold nugget to RandREdwards!  He sent me all of the max stats.
         They may not be all fully maxed, but it's a start!
    
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    -=- VI.  Contact
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    
      If you want to add anything to this FAQ, either to change something
      I got wrong, or help me with the card list, feel free to use the
      contact information below.
    
      Trifthen
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